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.net are they worth bothering with?

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  1. denchomsky United Kingdom

    denchomsky Well-Known Member

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    I have seen a couple of product based .net's both with nearly 20,000 exacts free to reg, and I am wondering whether they are worth bothering with? Both are for pretty high price items.

    How would you rank the top 5 extensions these day's for the uk?

    1?
    2.?
    3.?
    4.?
    5.?

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    Must admit, never really consider them when it comes to buying domains. They don't really have a strong identity: .coms are for companies, .org (in theory) for charities, NGOs and the like... but what are .nets for?

    Anyway, my rankings:

    1. .co.uk
    2. .com
    3. .org
    4. .info
    5. .org.uk

    Last two could probably be interchanged.

    Mike.
     
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    From a brand perspective away from domaining, I register .net third after .co.uk and .com.

    From a domain trading perspective, I generally stick to .uk domains, as I know the market better and you can resell at any time, rather than the 60 day restriction of TLDs.
     
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    Edwin Well-Known Member Exclusive Member

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    1. .co.uk
    2. .com
    3. .co.uk hyphenated or .net (but generally not for resale, only to develop)
    4. I wouldn't bother below here
     
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    GreyWing Retired Member

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    Weird how ext's falls, 10 years ago they weren't far off par with .com's. If memory serves they priced them out of the market I think, something like £35 when .coms and .co.uk's were £6'ish.
     
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    1. .co.uk
    2. .com
    3. .org.uk
    4. .net
    5. .org

    I agree that if its for company branding .net would be number 3
     
  8. Skinner

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    I think .co.uk, .com, .net, .org.uk (on-par with hyphen .co.uk), .org

    I am seeing a little more in .org.uk and until about a month ago I only owned half dozen now I own a dozen or so :)
     
  9. ScottJ United Kingdom

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    Bought & sold a few .net for x,xxx but they have to be strong products or services, have to be strong though to get passive interest.
     
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    1. .co.uk
    2. .com
    3. .org.uk
    4. .net
    5. .org
     
  11. WaftyCrank United Kingdom

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    It's interesting to see .org.uk above .org TLD for some people.
    I'd have thought that given some of the high value .org sales in recent years (compared to .org.uk) that it would have a better opinion from most on here.

    Just intersting to see others view points.

    Personally .net I think was supposed to be the .com equivalent but has lost popularity over the years. For a brand identity .net is third for me as most said. For resale then it would HAVE TO be strong keyword (1 or 2 keyword combos) or strong generic to consider.
     
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    For purely search traffic:
    1 .co.uk / .com / .org.uk
    4 .net / .org
    6 not worth it

    For branding and search (that is, you would like to build up repeat visitors & direct traffic)
    1 .com / .co.uk
    3 .net
    4 not worth it
     
  13. TinkyWinky United Kingdom

    TinkyWinky Active Member Acorn Supporter

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    Depends on the market IMO...

    For purely UK :

    1. .co.uk
    2. .com
    3. .org.uk

    For Global :

    1. .com
    2. .net
    3. .org

    (But to be honest - I probably wouldn't ever buy a .org unless a really REALLY good generic and I wouldn't jump at buying the .net unless there was no way I could get the .com.)

    For branding as a UK company

    1. .co.uk
    2. .com

    For SEO

    1. .co.uk
    1. .com
    1. .org.uk

    (Really makes very little difference in my experience what you use if you have the right keyword domain, content, IBL's and online strategy. But as traffic kicks in I would prefer .co.uk and .com over .org.uk purely due to recognition by dimmer members of the public at large)
     
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    Indeed. Just out of interest I just looked up around 10 big charities (RSPCA, Oxfam etc, the type with national ad campaigns) that use the .org.uk extension and checked to see if they own the .co.uk and redirect it to the .org.uk. Most of them is the answer.

    Then I looked up roughly the same number of big .co.uk sites to see if they own the .org.uk and redirect them. One, the BBC and they don't redirect it.

    Bag of the fag packet stuff I know.
     
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    some year to date sales on net domains

    funeralhomes net $30000
    guitars net £18250
    refrigerator net $16000
    crosswords net £15000
    necklace net $10145
    gymnastics net $8500
    modernwomen net $8400
    hellicopter net $7000

    my order for commercial domains in the UK is
    1 ).com. co.uk
    3).net
    4).info
    5).biz
     
  16. JMOT

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    .net is still the 4th most popular TLD in the world if I remember correctly...

    1. .com
    2. .cn
    3. .de
    4. .net

    They SEO very nicely, same as most other TLD's and just as brandable as .com or .co.uk if you put the effort in.

    I've spend a nice £x,xxx sum on buying up .net domains in the last 6 months!
     
  17. denchomsky United Kingdom

    denchomsky Well-Known Member

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    I guess this post answers my question as far as resale is concerned http://www.acorndomains.co.uk/top-le...derfridge.html


    It doesn't tell you as much as the initial impressions suggest. All the other extensions to the two terms in the domains for sale were only registered in 2007 and most not until 2009 and 2010 even the co uk's. So all is maybe not as first appears.
     
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